Upcoming Events


vegan potluck Sunday, January 6

We’re having a vegan potluck to welcome the New Year! Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

Meditation with Childcare Wednesday, January 9

Free childcare now available! Join us Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. for a weekly opportunity to participate in a facilitated sitting meditation session. Sitting in contemplation has a long lineage in many faith traditions and can enrich any spiritual practice. Members of the USSB congregation and the public are invited to take time each week to sit and breathe and participate in various meditation styles. If you’re looking for more mindfulness or just a chance to take a brief midweek timeout, stop by. The group will be led, on a rotating basis, by Arianna Jansma, Rev. Julia Hamilton, Rev. Ken Collier, Maureen Claffey, and Nic Filzen. After a 10-minute settling period and instructions on meditation for those interested, there will be two 15-minute sitting meditation periods, broken up with a brief break, when people can stretch or leave or join us. BYOC: Bring your own cushion, chair or other sitting tool, or there will be chairs and cushions here to sit on. For more information, email maureen@ussb.org.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday, January 9

Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. We are thrilled to be partnering with Radhule Wieniger, who has been running the “Solidarity and Compassion Project” since 2016. This is a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community, joining together to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. We bring together members of the leading faith traditions as well as a variety of thinkers, musicians, visionaries and activists to share how their individual traditions’ and practices such as prayers, meditation, chants, and philosophies help us deal with uncertainty, anxiety, and fear during this challenging time in our country and our world.

Join us every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome. The Project was profiled in the recent issue of Tricycle!

Alliance Meets Friday, January 11

You are invited to hear Chet Work, Executive Director of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County for the past four years. Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, Chet worked for a decade to conserve family farms and ranches in Wyoming and Idaho by working with both the Nature Conservancy and the Teton Regional Land Trust. He holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University, with post graduate study in natural history and environmental education at the Teton Science School in Jackson Wyoming. He is a graduate of the rigorous Executive Leadership Program through the Land Trust Alliance, the umbrella organization for the 1,700 land trusts throughout the country. Please come to learn about the Santa Barbara Land Trust, and note that although Alliance normally meets on the first Friday of each month, Friday, January 11 is the second Friday in January. Bring healthy appetizers and your questions for Chet about the goals and work of the Land Trust.

Join us at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

Want to Experience More Peace and Calm in Your Life?

Does investigating a way to reduce anxiety in your life and experience more spirituality interest you? John Mudie, Ph.D.  is asking  if members and their guests would like to join him in an affinity group discussing how increasing Heart Rate Coherence might support us in achieving the this goal. The Living Coherently affinity group meets every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Blake Lounge. Come join us.

USSB Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, January 15

This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. For more information, contact Al Melkonian.

Advance Care Directive Workshop Wednesday, January 16

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.

Vegan Film Night Friday, January 18

Join us at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge for an opportunity to view the now-classic documentary Forks over Knives. The film examines the arresting claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Tracing the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell—a nutritional biochemist from Cornell—and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn—a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic—the story introduces a series of their “reality patients.” With chronic conditions from heart disease to cancer to diabetes, they get well by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. The film features leading experts on health who tackle the issue of diet and disease, and invites you to join the conversation that is changing the way America eats.

Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group meets Monday, January 21

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month, and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one.

Women’s Group Meets Monday, January 28

USSB Women’s Group will resume on January 28. Our new member Lark Matis-Ruffner will be facilitating the group with a new format. Please stay tuned for more information. We will meet in La Paz Lounge from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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